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HER WOMEN'S B&B IN ITALY, FLORENCE -- Located in a historical palace in the center of town, our B&B has four rooms all overlooking quiet inner gardens, three of them have the view of the Duomo. A few minutes away from Accademia, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and all the major sightseeings. Expanded continental breakfast. The B&B is smoke free. Special low season rates. E-mail:, Website: (April 22, 2005)

GUTSY WOMEN TRAVEL offers extraordinary opportunities to explore Italy with like-minded women. Magnificent Florence & Tuscany , 8 day escorted, from $2069pp land only. Includes Florence, San Gimignano, Lucca and Montecatini, spa treatment, cooking demonstrations, lectures on Florentine art/gold/leather and Tuscan wines/cuisine. Meet local people, sample wines and cuisine. Inquire for other Italy products. 20 participants max. Call 866-464-8879; visit (April 19, 2005)

IL CHIOSTRO IN ITALY You can travel far and wide, but Italy still has it all: food, wine, art, scenery, music, language, fashion, shopping, crafts, history... For a unique, inside perspective, explore Tuscany or Venice with Il Chiostro this spring or fall. Cooking, painting, writing, photography, yoga, or just being... Details at: or call Linda at 800-990-3506 (March 15, 2005).

WALKING IN TUSCANY, and in Spain CAMINO DE SANTIAGO WITH SPANISH STEPS -- Escorted walks along Europe's pilgrimage route to the holy city of Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is a dream come true in the world of inn to inn walking tours. Beautiful accommodations, well marked footpaths and in-depth visits to castles, monasteries and cathedrals. You've never experienced a walk in Europe until you've walked with Spanish Steps and Roman Roads. Toll Free 1.877.787 WALK Website: E-mail: (March 15, 2005)

INTERNATIONAL COOKING SCHOOL OF ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE -- Join Mary Beth Clark and Italian chefs for hands-on cooking in our Bologna Renaissance palazzo. Make traditional and new-style dishes, enjoy delicious food-and-wine pairing meals, countryside excursions, Michelin-star restaurants. Cook on Tuscan wine estate in our Savoring Course. Hunt for truffles in Piedmont in October. Four different courses (4-7 days), May-October, hotel accommodations included. Many women travelers join us for this wonderful dream-come-true! E-mail: Website: (March 15, 2005)

TREAT YOURSELF TO A VENITIAN MILESTONE CELEBRATION, a time for women to celebrate a personal milestone (a special birthday, surviving a serious illness, post-divorce fresh beginnings, a career promotion, etc). This extraordinary opportunity to "spoil yourself silly" will take place in VENICE, Italy, Oct. 2-9, 2004. For further information, including the identity of our special guest host, visit and click on 'Her Milestone" side navigation bar. Tel: 905-336-3431, e-mail: Limited number of participants. (February 20, 2005)

SAVOR THE HIDDEN DELIGHTS OF SICILY with professional chef Michele Topor. Learn the ancient arts of ricotta cheese making and the pressing of olives. Enjoy lunches at farmhouses and wineries. Dine in a castle with the baron and baronessa. Become immersed in the culture and befriend the people; every essence of Sicilian life is experienced firsthand. Stay at the most exclusive properties. November 5-12, 2004 E-mail:; tel: 617-523-6032, or visit (March 3, 2005X)

MENOPAUSAL TOURS IN ITALY Is estrogen holding you back? Not anymore! Travel to exciting worldwide destinations with other women of a certain attitude! Offering escorted soft adventure tours for women over 40 years wise including accommodations, ground transportation, and more! The tours feature an excellent mix of group activities and free time for solo exploration. Check our website for current tour offerings in Italy. Diva Dollars/Breast Cancer Survivor Travel Award Program. For more information call us at 1-866-GOT-TO-GO (1-866-468-8646), visit our website at, or e-mail (January 8, 2005).

HOMEBASE ABROAD, LTD.Fine Private Homes for Travellers to Italy Extraordinary villas and farmhouses + extraordinary service = a memorable, satisfying vacation. We select and evaluate each Portfolio property from a woman's perspective. Large private homes with style. Staff available to cook and clean - it is your vacation too! We are helpful and friendly and want to hear from you. Website: 781-545-5112 (January 10, 2005).

EXPERIENCE ROME'S peerless beauty with private walking, limo and minivan tours made to measure for your small group of family and friends. American and an officially licensed guide of Rome, the Vatican and Roman countryside, I will be delighted to be your personal tour guide to the city's myriad treasures. Website:  E-mail: cell phone: (01139) 3483360850 (January 10, 2005)

WOMEN'S QUEST, Adventures for the Body, Mind, Spirit. Join us for a fun-filled fitness adventure that will change your life forever! Our retreats (in Colorado, California, Vermont, Italy) combine physical, mindful and spirit-filled activities to rejuvenate your spirit, energize your body and re-kindle your kid, all in a supportive and non-competitive environment. Professional world class staff, all abilities welcome. Website:  E-mail: Tel: 303-545-9295 (January 6, 2005)

UMBRIA - Il Convento Mincione, perfect for women traveling alone (or in groups); luxury rental apartments in 12th century structure offer private terraces, swimming pool, and hot tub. Spectacular views and tranquil atmosphere make time stand still. Yet, conveniently located to Art - Assisi, Perugia, and Cortona; Wine - Brunello of Montalcino; plus Italian language and cooking lessons available upon request. Contact: Website:; or cell phone: 39 335 582 3681 (November 15, 2004)

WOMEN/WINE/FOOD/FUN IN ITALY Join my small (4-12) culinary tours/cooking classes to Italy and let me share with you the rich assortment of friends and colleagues in the country that has captured my heart - we'll visit an amazing group: baker, butcher, winemaker, balsamic master, olive oil producer, cheese makers, grappa processors, chefs, fishermen. All while staying in beautiful accommodations throughout Italy: Tuscany, Umbria, Venice, Riviera/Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Apulia. Phone: 1-888-636-1602, Website:, E-mail: / Bev Gruber's Everyday Gourmet Traveler, Seattle, USA. (October 15, 2004)

ANDIAMO! Russet Tuscany in October. Like no other experience. Dig into the lush Chianti countryside: gulp new wine and drip freshly pressed olive oil. Florence art museums and grape skin baths; Italian Opera, cobbled Siena, earthy porcinis and goat milk massage. Music, grappa, villages, wine cellar dinner... Il Chiostro’s Autumn Arts Festival! Not a vacation, not a trip, but a celebration of Italy at harvest time. Website: (August 8, 2004)

LIVE IN ROME - your website for CLASSIFIED ADS and Info all about the Eternal City! Looking for an apartment, a short let, a job... anything else? Browse through our classifieds or place your free ad! Find all useful info on major city attractions, itineraries, museums, churches, Roman cuisine, happenings, shops and excursions in our ABOUT ROME section! (June 14, 2004)

HELLO ITALY! The best budget hotels in Italy This guide is packed with detailed descriptions on more than 350 charming hotels in 28 popular cities in Italy. Prices are listed for family, triple, double and single occupancies. The book includes, restaurants, tips on making reservations, useful websites, laundromats, packing unusual items, foreign phrases, what to do before leaving home, etc. Website:, e-mail: Order toll-free (888)663.9269. Author Margo Classé, $19.95, ISBN: 0-9653944-8-4. (September 3, 2002)

ENGLISH YELLOW PAGES (eyp): When traveling to Italy, you can access businesses and services where English is spoken - from Beauty Salons to Wine Shops, Cell Phone Rentals to Personal Shoppers, Churches and Syngogues to Physicians - available at consulates, information centers, international bookstores and from EYP offices in Milan, Rome, Florence and Naples, or online at For additional information, contact or (September 3, 2003)

Bonus tip ...

Throughout Rome there are green, octagonal kiosks with "i"s on them. These are Info Points and from 9:00AM -5:00PM they are staffed with English speaking staff who can help direct visitors to local places as well as give information about what's going on in the city. They offer a huge array of free publications including free city maps, notices about art exhibitions and cultural events, and often a free magazine called Where that has lots of restaurant reviews and articles about Rome. There's also a local number one can call for tourist information: 06 06 06. It's just been put into service recently and may not be working completely smoothly yet, however, it's worth a try.
(Source: Laura Flusche, www. offering exciting women-friendly tour itineraries in Rome)

Bonus tip ...

I'm a big fan of the ElleEffe salon in Trastevere in Rome. The stylists speak English and do a great job at a reasonable price. It's just off Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, so easy to find. Address: Via di San Calisto 6/6a. Telephone: 06 583 33 875 or 06 583 43 483. They're closed on Mondays but open until midnight on Thursdays. They do hair, but also pedicures, manicures, waxing, facials, massage and lots more.

Also there's a great gym in Termini train station and travelers can use it by paying by the visit. It's run by a British chain and is called Fitness First. It's very clean, efficient, friendly, well-staffed and well-taken care off. Precise address is Via Giolitti 42. Phone numbers: 800 60 60 85 or 06 478 26 300.
(Source: Laura Flusche, offering exciting women-friendly tour itineraries in Rome)

A museum all about pasta...

Did you know that pasta was already being produced in Italy in the mid-12th century, more than 100 years before Venetian explorer Marco Polo supposedly brought it back from his trip to China?

This info and much more can be found at Rome's Pasta Museum.
Museo della Pasta
Piazza Scanderberg 117
Tel: 06 699 111
(Source: Metro Today, Canada)

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The articles in GIRLTALK Italy have been independently researched by Journeywoman Online. We thank the Italian Government Tourist Board and Air France for sponsoring this female-friendly information. Together it is our aim to inspire women to visit Italy and to travel safely and well.

P.S. Did you know that Charles-de-Gaulle's airport in Paris is Air France's hub? And from Paris, Air France can connect you to 10 Italian cities!

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